Katherine and David had the winter wedding of their dreams with the perfect snow fall and sparklers to complete the night. Keeping the theme classic White Winter Wedding they were able to keep it modern and vintage at the same time…
Bride & Groom: Katherine Metcalfe and David Wania
Wedding Date: January 26, 2019
Ceremony & Reception Location(s): The Walper Hotel (walper.com) “The Walper Hotel had the perfect feel for us. It has all the grandeur and beauty of a hotel built in the late 1800s, but it has been updated with some modern and fresh décor elements, particularly in the cocktail lounge. The Walper Hotel offered us everything we were looking for from a delicious menu to the perfect backdrop for our family photos in the Oak Room.” – K&D
Colour Palette: White, Silver and Sapphire Blue.
Theme: “Our décor had a lot of vintage and winter inspiration. I wouldn’t say it was a “theme”, but we incorporated hints of both into all aspects of our wedding. The welcome sign and seating chart were mounted in vintage frames, painted white. The centrepieces had vintage silver goblets holding floral arrangements. We walked down the aisle to Moon River and played songs from the 1950s during the cocktail hour including Dean Martin and Judy Garland. The bridesmaids wore vintage fur stoles and carried vintage beaded purses. The bridesmaids also wore vintage crystal earrings.” – K
Flowers: Living Fresh Flower Studio (livingfresh.ca). “We very much kept it simple with white flowers (mostly roses) and dark greenery that included some cedar in the décor to keep with the winter-y feel.” – K
Décor: “We did most of the decor ourselves. The Walper sourced a simple and elegant fabric backdrop for the ceremony. The Walper is already so beautiful that we didn’t feel we needed to add too much. We did add some of our own touches, including vintage cameras, a lightbox with our names, and many framed photos in the lounge.” -K&D
Fav décor element: “I absolutely fell in love with the chandeliers in the Crystal Ballroom. We were so glad to be able to have both our ceremony and reception in a room with so much character.” – K
DIY: “I tried to personalize or add touches to most aspects of our décor. I incorporated “snowy” pine cones throughout the decor. They formed part of the centrepieces with twinkle lights throughout, they were scattered on the guestbook table etc. I painted the edges of the pine cones with white chalk paint to give them a winter-y feel. I decided to make our table numbers a bit more personal by adding cutout numbers to our engagement photos and putting them in frames for each table. I also painted and stenciled the card-box, painted the vintage frames for the welcome sign and seating chart and I created my hairpiece from vintage jewelry borrowed from my Grandmother.” – K
Invitations/stationery: Vista Print “Using a very traditional template but adjusting to a custom colour to fit with our palette.” – K
Wedding favours: Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows, with custom made tags.
Bridesmaids attire and accessories: Valentina’s Bridal & Couture (valentinabridal.ca) Bill Levkoff Dresses in Marine. Vintage Crystal Earrings, Vintage Fur Stoles and Vintage Beaded Purses from White Cottage Decor – located at the One of a Kind Antique Mall in Woodstock (@prettythingsfound on Instagram)
Bride’s dress and accessories: Dress: Taylor’s Bridal Boutique (taylorsbridal.com) Veil: Valentina’s Bridal & Couture (valentinabridal.ca). “My hair piece was a vintage brooch and earring set sewn into a hairpiece, owned by my great-grandmother.
Photographer: Gary Evans Photography (garyevansphotography.ca). “Gary was the wedding photographer for our close friends and also was recommended by the venue. It was great working with him. He is fun to work with but also kept us running on time and captured all the photos we wanted! He was great at providing guidance and making us feel comfortable. He also ended up tying ties and giving all around great wedding day advice to all of us. We love all our photos, but I think our favourite photos are the couple shots we took in Victoria Park.” – K
Biggest challenge: “Our two biggest challenges were limiting our number of guests and organizing all the décor and giving up control of the set up on the day – this would have been completely impossible without a squad of amazing friends/guests who came early to assist the venue with set up and went above and beyond to ensure all the elements that we had worked so hard on were set up as planned.” – K&D
Fav wedding memory: “I think for our guests, the best memory of our wedding will be our adorable flower girl walking down the aisle with her face hidden behind her bouquet. For us, I think the best memory will be looking out during the ceremony and seeing everyone who was there with us and realizing how lucky we are to have such great people in our lives.” – K
Advice from one couple to another: “Fill your wedding with things you love. Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it suits you as a couple; just because something you like isn’t popular doesn’t mean it won’t be incredible for your wedding. Also winter weddings are amazing! We loved everything about getting married in the winter, and braved the cold for some outdoor photos that we love!” – K&D
“At the end of the day, the thing that made our wedding amazing was everyone who was there celebrating with us. From guests, to bridal party, to family and friends, all the decor, food and drinks in the world wouldn’t have made the day memorable without all the incredible people that we had surrounding us.” K&D
MORE ABOUT GARY EVANS PHOTOGRAPHY | Local couples choose Gary Evans Photography (geweddings.ca) for epic, wall-worthy photographs and a bit of cheeky British humour on the side (more details in their review in The Ring, here). To find out more, email Gary Evans directly using the form below. 🙂